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Babies are able to identify objects as ‘spiders’ or ‘snakes’

Scientists have recently discovered that the fear of spiders and snakes is hereditary and babies as young as six months old feel stressed when seeing these creatures—long before they could have learnt this reaction. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and the Uppsala University recently made a crucial observation: Even in infants, a stress reaction is evoked when they see a spider or a snake. And this already at the age of six months, when they are still very immobile…

Conjoined babies separated through simple surgery

Two babies who were conjoined by their heads have successfully been separated through a surgery in Moscow. At first doctors believed it to be a complicated surgery as they thought the babies’ heads were joined at skull, but then they figured out that it was only skin. The scans taken of the twin girls when they were still inside the womb had suggested as if their skulls were conjoined but surprisingly it was not the case. It took only half an hour to separate them and both are expected to make a good recovery.…

Babies cry more in UK, Canada and Italy, less in Germany, study finds

NEW YORK: Babies cry more in Britain, Canada, Italy and Netherlands than in other countries, while newborns in Denmark, Germany and Japan cry and fuss the least, researchers said on Monday. In research looking at how much babies around the world cry in their first three months, psychologists from Britain have created the first universal charts for normal amounts of crying during that period. "Babies are already very different in how much they cry in the first weeks of life," said Dieter Wolker, who led the study at…

Babies born next to one another coincidentally named ‘Romeo and Juliet’

CAROLINA: Two babies born at a South Carolina hospital were coincidentally named ‘Romeo and Juliet’, leaving everyone surprised and eventually drawing media attention to this extremely unusual happening. They were born in different rooms next to one another without either set of parents aware of the strange coincidence that was about to beset them. Morgan and Edwin Hernandez welcomed Romeo into the room at 2.06pm on Sunday. Then 18 hours and eight minutes later Christiana and Allan Shifflett announced the…

How touch can shape babies’ brain development

For newborns, skin-to-skin contact with parents and caregivers may help shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections, a new study suggests. Plenty of previous research has linked skin-to-skin touch with developmental benefits for both premature and full-term babies, ranging from improved growth and sleep to better motor development. Research has also tied breastfeeding and other forms of supportive touch to less discomfort during from needle sticks and other painful…

Canadian woman found guilty of hiding six baby burials

WINNIPEG: A Canadian woman was found guilty Monday of intentionally hiding in a storage locker the remains of six babies to whom she gave birth. The 42-year-old Winnipeg woman refused to submit to a DNA test, but investigating police performed one with a warrant, using a sanitary napkin from her home. She was shown to have given birth to all the infants. "All of these children were likely born alive. There is no evidence of complications in these pregnancies," Judge Murray Thompson said in finding Andrea Giesbrecht…

Why you should not give honey to babies?

It is a common practice to feed babies honey to prevent them from different diseases. However, a new research's finding says that you should not give honey to babies because of botulism (explanation ahead) which takes place due to honey consumption in a baby body. It ultimately creates poisoning and paralysis. Initially, a baby undergoes progressive muscular weakness, muscle contraction and poor head control (floppy baby) because of this disease. One can get botulism through food (mostly canned foods), wound or an…

Babies should sleep in parents’ room first year: US doctors

MIAMI: To reduce the risk of sudden death, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, US doctors said Monday. The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics still says babies should sleep on their backs, on a clean surface free of toys and blankets, a guideline that has been in place since the 1990s and has reduced sudden infant deaths by about 50 per cent. Still, some 3,500 infants die each year in the United States from…

Humans have reached their lifespan limit: study

PARIS: No one might ever challenge the 122-year record of the longest-living person in documented history, said a study Wednesday which claimed to have found a "ceiling" to maximum human lifespan. Sifting through demographic data from more than 40 countries around the world, New York-based researchers found that an end to the long-running rise in maximum lifespan "has already been attained", in the 1990s. The plateau was reached in about 1997 -- the year that Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment died at the unbeaten age of 122 years…